State wrestling: Kennedy day one
- Phil Hawkins
- Woodburn Independent - Sports
It was Kennedy's first trip to the state wrestling championship in more than 15 years, and if they have it their way, the Trojans will be back again in 2019.
But for now, the Kennedy wrestling program will have to bid farewell to Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland after representatives Mateo Marrow and Carlos Saravia each failed to advance past the first day of competition on Friday.
Both entered the tournament with tough draws — Marrow against returning champion Steven Beckman of Joseph, and Saravia against two-time state placer Shane Lund of Enterprise.
Beckman made short work of Marrow, taking the win in 0:29 to send the Kennedy freshman to the consolation side of the bracket against Reedsport freshman Christian Solomon.
The two wrestled evenly for the first two rounds, going into the final round tied at 2-2. Solomon appeared to have the match wrapped up when he took down Marrow and scored a nearfall to go up 7-2 with 30 seconds remaining.
But Marrow was able to flip the script on Solomon, scoring a reversal to cut it to 7-4 and following with a two-point nearfall to make it 7-6 as time expired.
Saravia had tougher luck in the consolation side of hte bracket, going up against Bonanza sophomore Oak Tenold, the 2017 runner up in the 106-pound bracket.
Saravia was able to hold his own through the first round, but ultimately fell in 2:56 to finish his day in Portland.